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Office furniture manufacturers have been late adopters of automation, particularly inside their West Michigan-based factories.

Published in Manufacturing

Manufacturers in West Michigan have turned to automation in recent years to get jobs done quicker and cheaper, and their investments in the technology shows no signs of slowing down.

Published in Manufacturing

Despite growing operational complexity and a period of industry-led change, office furniture suppliers say they remain optimistic.

Published in Manufacturing

When Mark Lindquist purchased Rapid-Line Inc. in 1989, he completed the transaction with a strategy for exiting the business already in mind.

Published in Small Business

For today’s engineering graduates, technical expertise remains paramount, but companies are asking more of their young workers, especially when it comes to so-called soft skills and the basics of business. 

Published in Education

Backed by a string of profitable years, many West Michigan manufacturers are investing in labor-saving technology and providing themselves a hedge against future softening in the market. 

Published in Manufacturing

The office furniture industry today faces a complex, challenging future. Company executives must manage their operations amid increasing margin pressure and an influx of imported products and new regulations, all while running short on talent.

Published in Crystal Ball

Like many West Michigan manufacturers, Rapid-Line Inc. faces a major hurdle when it comes to staffing.

Published in Manufacturing

The forecast for significant growth in the office furniture industry could bring some rewarding and potentially challenging times for the West Michigan base of suppliers.

Published in Manufacturing

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